An Adventurer Exploration – 5 nights / 6 days Operates from 1 May – 30 November
This is the ultimate African adventure where guests explore this unique water-filled land by foot, traditional mokoro and game drives. Your journey is rounded off with stunning aerial views of the Delta, not for nothing known as the “Jewel of the Kalahari.” Accommodation is in serviced camping in private concession areas and to partake in this trip is to experience a nostalgic safari through private nature areas off the beaten path that recreates a sense of wildlife viewing adventure reminiscent of the times of the early African explorers.
Explorations are led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in. Sharing the adventure and guiding you on this journey of discovery combined with their vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture are their professions and personal hobby. Years of experience in the field and a depth of understanding of animal behavior and the environment will leave you with a sense of complete wonder.
Unique features of this Exploration:
- Access to exclusive wilderness sanctuaries of the Okavango Delta in concessions mainly exclusive to Wilderness guests.
- Exploration of the wonderful blue-green wetland and diverse habitats of the Okavango Delta.
- Specifically tailored for enjoyment of the varied species within the different habitats of the Okavango Delta (both permanently and seasonally flooded).
- Activities include nature walks, mokoro excursions and day and night game drives.
- Both camps are fully serviced and allow a sublime “back to nature” experience.
- Experienced, knowledgeable and passionate guides travel with the guests throughout the journey.
- Air transfers showcase the vast wilderness and denizens of Botswana and enhance the beauty and magnitude of your journey.
- Besides the set departure dates, this Exploration can also be offered on other dates (subject to availability) for groups of up to eight guests. The Exploration is ideal for families of for small groups from four guests.
Days 1 – 2: Xigera Mokoro Trails, Okavango Delta
After arrival in Maun, you will be met by your guide and fly by light aircraft to the water-filled paradise of the remote Xigera Concession, within the Moremi Game Reserve. Xigera is the ultimate Okavango Delta experience, with serene waters flowing through innumerable channels around remote islands and a profusion of plant, animal and bird life. There is no better way to experience the Okavango than to travel through it by mokoro by day, and camp out on a vegetated island at night– all essential elements of the Xigera Mokoro Trails Camp. The experience is aimed at exposing the permanently flooded inner Delta, in the serene waterways and on the islands of trees and bush.
Activities include gliding by mokoro around remote islands, which enable up-close encounters with an excellent diversity of bird life (including Pel’s Fishing-Owl), frogs and game, some specially adapted to water, such as the familiar red lechwe.
Adventurer Camp Description (Xigera Mokoro Trail): 9.84 feet x 9.84 feet dome tents, complete with mini-verandas. Pure cotton linen (with duvets) on GI stretchers, bedside table with light and mini luggage benches finish the interior. Evening campfires are the norm and hurricane lanterns add to the atmosphere. The bathrooms are en-suite with the entrance to the canvas-wrap open air bathroom (zip door) through the rear of tent. There is a serviced en-suite tin bucket shower – with hot water available whenever guests require it. The bathroom in each tent has a short-drop toilet, with a separate toilet near the main area available for use during the day.
Days 3 – 5: Khwai Discoverer Camp, Okavango Delta
Depart by light aircraft to Khwai Discoverer Camp, located in a private concession just north of the Khwai River above the Moremi Game Reserve. The Khwai Concession is one of the most diverse areas in northern Botswana. Its life source is the Khwai River – the northernmost “finger” of the Okavango Delta alluvial fan, which provides vital sustenance to numerous species.
Over time, the Khwai area has metamorphosed into a wide range of exciting wildlife habitats – some of the most varied to be found in the entire Okavango Delta: a blend of forests, floodplain, wetland and grasslands. The narrow Khwai Channel is home to large mammals such as hippo and crocodile with buffalo and red lechwe often seen grazing along the fringe. The beautiful gallery riverine woodland found along the river provides further sanctuary to birds, primates and leopard. Elusive roan antelope often come to the river to drink. Activities focus around day and night game drives, nature walks and seasonal mokoro excursions.
The mix of acacia and leadwood trees joining mopane woodland, together with the permanent presence of water, attracts large numbers of elephant to the area. Larger predators include lion, wild dog and spotted hyaena, while birdlife found here is just as varied thanks to the colorful palette of habitats.
Accommodation is in large walk-in canvas tents (maximum of two guests per tent). The tents are airy and designed to recreate the accommodation style of the early explorers, with richly colored teak director chairs and minimalist interiors. Separate bedside tables with 12v reading lamps, canvas and wood wardrobes, bathrobes, comfortable beds and mirrors are provided. Camp amenities (conditioning shampoo, soap, shower gel and body lotion) are elegantly displayed for use and private, en-suite separate toilet and shower areas are part of the main structure.
Day 6: Transfer to Maun Airport
Bid farewell to the adventure as we transfer by light aircraft to Maun Airport.
- Tour direction – Maun to Maun
- Private safari options: Tailored Explorations are available on flexible dates, accommodation and itineraries, for groups of up to eight guests. These are also ideal for families or for small groups from four guests.
- Adventurer Camp Description (Xigera Mokoro Trail): 9.84 feet x 9.84 feet dome tents, complete with mini-verandas. Pure cotton linen (with duvets) on GI stretchers, bedside table with light and mini luggage benches finish the interior. Evening campfires are the norm and hurricane lanterns add to the atmosphere. The bathrooms are en-suite with the entrance to the canvas-wrap open air bathroom (zip door) through the rear of tent. There is a serviced en-suite tin bucket shower – with hot water available whenever guests require it. The bathroom in each tent has a short-drop toilet, with a separate toilet near the main area available for use during the day
- Discoverer Camp Description (Khwai Discoverer Camp): Discoverer camps are specifically designed to ensure that old-style camping feel with a clear emphasis on necessary and stylish comfortable interiors, creating a peerless wilderness experience. Discoverer camping aims to bring the guest closer to nature, by means of a lively campfire, hurricane lanterns, wide-ranging activities and a warm atmosphere complimenting the comfort and added luxury of the camps visited.
- Exclusivity: To ensure as much privacy and exclusivity as possible, the areas in which we travel are private concessions in prime locations. All Explorations camps are private and for the use of Exploration guests only, while air linkages are shared with other guests.
- International air connection onto the safari: If arrival is planned for the day of the safari’s departure, please ensure that this arrival is with the earliest possible flight from Johannesburg. It is important that all guests are ready to depart with the guide by no later than ±13H00. Arrival on a later flight may necessitate additional road or air transfers (as departure for the first camp will already have taken place), subject to extra cost.
- International air connections leaving the safari: Please ensure that your departure flight is booked for after 13h00 from Maun. For earlier international departure flights, an additional transfer will be required to arrive for this connection. Extra transfers and flights are subject to extra cost.
- Flashlights/ torches: Please ensure that a minimum 2-D cell flashlight is brought on safari, with spare batteries. Head lamps are also useful. Wilderness Explorations does not supply flashlights.
- Camera battery charging facilities: Please note that a 12V cigarette lighter adaptor will be required (that is compatible with camera make) on this safari for charging batteries while on game drive or transfer drives. Khwai Discoverer Camp has 12V electricity only. No 110/ 240V outlets are available
- Dietary requirements and special occasions: Due to remote locality of Adventurer camps, please ensure that full dietary requirements and special occasions are advised at the time of your booking confirmation.